Saint Augustine Quotes & Wallpapers

Saint Augustine
Total Quotes: 838

What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith. Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. Saint Augustine

For I did not know that the soul needs to be enlightened by light from outside itself, so that it can participate in truth, because it is not itself the nature of truth. Saint Augustine

Unless you believe, you will not understand. Saint Augustine

Love the sinner and hate the sin. Saint Augustine

We were ensnared by the wisdom of the serpent; we are set free by the foolishness of God. Saint Augustine

Thou hast made us for Thyself, and the heart never resteth till it findeth rest in Thee. Saint Augustine

If God is, why is there evil? But if God is not, why is there good? Saint Augustine

Whole prayer is nothing but love. Saint Augustine

Put no faith in salvation through the political order. Saint Augustine

You can live, provided you live; that is, you can live for ever, provided you live a good life. Saint Augustine

For if a thing is not diminished by being shared with others, it is not rightly owned if it is only owned and not shared. Saint Augustine

Though defensive violence will always be 'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men of principle, it would be still more unfortunate if wrongdoers should dominate just men. Saint Augustine

What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. Saint Augustine

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. Saint Augustine

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. Saint Augustine

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. Saint Augustine

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself. Saint Augustine

Will is to grace as the horse is to the rider. Saint Augustine

Heaven forbid that we should believe in such a way as not to accept or seek reasons, since we could not even believe if we did not possess rational souls. Saint Augustine

None save great men have been the authors of great heresies. Saint Augustine

You have found that you were more secure before you accumulated so much. See what greed has imposed on you: You have filled your house and now you fear burglars. You have hoarded money and lost sleep. See what greed has commanded you: "Do this!" And you did it. Saint Augustine

There is no greater invitation to love than loving first. Saint Augustine

I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him. Saint Augustine

Bad company is like a nail driven into a post, which, after the first and second blow, may be drawn out with little difficulty; but being once driven up to the head, the pincers cannot take hold to draw it out, but which can only be done by the destruction of the wood. Saint Augustine

A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently. Saint Augustine

God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist. Saint Augustine

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. Saint Augustine

Oh Lord, give me chastity, but do not give it yet. Saint Augustine

Grant what thou commandest and then command what thou wilt. Saint Augustine

This world's a bubble. Saint Augustine

He who labours, prays. Saint Augustine

We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot. Saint Augustine

I was not yet in love, yet I loved to love...I sought what I might love, in love with loving. Saint Augustine

Don't let your life give evidence against your tongue. Sing with your voices... sing also with your conduct. Saint Augustine

It is not often that we use language correctly; usually we use it incorrectly, though we understand each others meaning. Saint Augustine

And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here. Saint Augustine

I will not live an instant that I do not live in love. Whoever loves does all things without suffering, or, suffering, loves his suffering. Saint Augustine

It is impossible that there should be inhabitants on the opposite side of the Earth, since no such race is recorded by Scripture among the descendants of Adam. Saint Augustine

Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent. For the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit; you ask its office, it is that of an Angel, which is a messenger. Saint Augustine

Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from His side... whatever was in many and varied ways announced beforehand in the sacrifices of the Old Testament pertains to this one sacrifice which is revealed in the New Testament. Saint Augustine

All those who belong to Jesus Christ are fastened with Him to the cross. Saint Augustine

If you excuse yourself in confession, you shut up sin within your soul, and shut out pardon. Saint Augustine

For whenever unbaptized persons die confessing Christ, this confession is of the same efficacy for the remission of sins as if they were washed in the sacred font of baptism. Saint Augustine

Better to have fewer wants than greater riches to supply increasing wants. Saint Augustine

While the best men are guided by love, most mean are still goaded by fear. Saint Augustine

Free curiosity has greater power to stimulate learning than rigorous coercion. Nevertheless, the free ranging flux of curiosity is channeled by discipline under Your Law. Saint Augustine

Often the contempt of vainglory becomes a source of even more vainglory, for it is not being scorned when the contempt is something one is proud of. Saint Augustine

Let the Lord your God be your hope - seek for nothing else from him, but let him himself be your hope. There are people who hope from him riches or perishable and transitory honours, in short they hope to get from God things which are not God himself. Saint Augustine

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing. Saint Augustine

The flesh does not by its own virtue purify, but is purified by virtue of the Word by which it was assumed, when 'the Word became flesh and dwelt among us' (Jn. 1:14). Saint Augustine

If you understand, it is not God. Saint Augustine

For when God said, "Let there be light, and there was light," if we are justified in understanding in this light the creation of the angels, then certainly they were created partakers of the eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God. Saint Augustine

Why then be perverted and follow thy flesh? Be it converted and follow thee. Saint Augustine

So give to the poor; I'm begging you, I'm warning you, I'm commanding you, I'm ordering you. Saint Augustine

My love for you, Lord, is not an uncertain feeling, but a matter of concious certainty. With your word you pierced my heart, and I loved you. But heaven and earth and everything in them on all sides tell me to love you. Saint Augustine

The purpose of all war is peace. Saint Augustine

The world's verdict is conclusive. Saint Augustine

God has no need of your money, but the poor have. You give it to the poor, and God receives it. Saint Augustine

What do you possess if you possess not God? Saint Augustine

If you don't believe it you won't understand it. Saint Augustine

Try as they may to savor the taste of eternity, their thoughts still twist and turn upon the ebb and flow of things in past and future time. But if only their minds could be seized and held steady, they would be still for a while and, for that short moment, they would glimse the splendor of eternity, which is forever still. Saint Augustine

Take care of your body as if you were going to live forever; and take care of your soul as if you were going to die tomorrow. Saint Augustine

It is better that the truth be known than that scandal be covered up. Saint Augustine

Now the Apostle, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, says, "Knowledge inflates: but love edifies." The only correct inerpretation of this saying is that knowledge is valuable when charity informs it. Without charity, knowledge inflates; that is, it exalts man to an arrogance which is nothing but a kind of windy emptiness. Saint Augustine

Not to give to those in need what is to you superfluous is akin to fraud. Saint Augustine

Truth is not private property. Saint Augustine

I had a clear idea about what time is till I was asked to explain it and ceased to understand it altogether as soon as I began explaining it. Saint Augustine

I fell away from you, my God, and I went astray, too far astray from you, the support of my youth, and I became to myself a land of want. Saint Augustine

Let him who desires to be harsh in making demands upon his debtors consider that he is God's debtor. Saint Augustine

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